Boise's bowl scenario puts Buckeyes closer to BCS

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State's path to a BCS bowl appears to have one less obstacle.

A source told fellow blogger Graham Watson that it's "highly unlikely" Boise State will earn a BCS bid, making the Buckeyes the obvious choice for an at-large berth as long as USC takes care of UCLA. Boise State could accept an invitation to play TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl today, officially taking the undefeated Broncos out of the BCS mix.

Pretty much the only way Ohio State wouldn't land a BCS at-large berth is if USC stumbles against UCLA, Oregon State goes to the Rose Bowl and USC still gets the final at-large spot ahead of the Buckeyes. And even if USC loses, a BCS bowl would have a tough decision to make between Ohio State, which finished the season strong but lost to USC on Sept. 13, or a USC team coming off a very bad loss. So the Buckeyes could be fine either way.

As for Boise State not making the BCS, it's unfortunate that the system can't reward deserving non-BCS teams as well as a squad like Ohio State that, contrary to popular opinion, likely won't embarrass itself again on the national stage. I'll definitely tune in to a Boise State-TCU bowl if it happens.

Meanwhile, Buckeye fans can just about book their flights and hotels for the Fiesta Bowl. They'll be rooting for USC on Saturday, as much as it might pain them to do so.